In the Despicable Me series and the Minions movie, all the Minions are wearing two-eye covering and one-eye covering glasses, depending on the set of eyes they have. See below image.

Image of three minions in joy

  1. Why do they need to wear these glasses all the time?
  2. Do these things have any effect on their eyesight?
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    Not glasses,. goggles - they're in industrial work clothing, dungarees, boots, gloves & protective goggles.
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 15, 2018 at 8:38
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    @Tetsujin but In secodn film, one of them show sign of low eyesight
    – Ankit Sharma
    Feb 15, 2018 at 8:39
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    Adding some further reading for Ankit's answer if interested can be found in scifi SE here. (scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/43013/…)
    – Vishwa
    Feb 15, 2018 at 8:50
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    Prescription safety goggles @AnkitSharma
    – josh
    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:09
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    @Tetsujin But do zhe goggles do anyzhing?
    – Ian
    Feb 16, 2018 at 7:10

4 Answers 4


From my own answer to similar question on sister site:

In Despicable Me 2, It is shown that minions have bad eye-sight. Without glasses, minion's vision is blurry. When because of, a purple minion, one of the minions lost his goggles, he was not able to see properly. So that appear to be reason behind wearing goggle.

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    This would imply all of them have bad eye-sight. I do not know much about minions, but that sounds unlikely to me that every single minion have the same eye-sight issue
    – Ikaros
    Feb 15, 2018 at 11:19
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    @Ikaros Maybe that's just their natural state, rather than an "issue". Plenty of species have limited eyesight compared to us. Humans have some of the best vision there is, though it can be apples to oranges comparisons in some cases (mantis shrimp see tons of types of light we can't, but they don't necessarily process it in any where close to the same way). Possibly minion eyes do not normally focus light that well, at least at certain distances, but retain the ability to process higher resolutions when available. Glasses would then rectify this. Feb 15, 2018 at 11:39
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    Also, depending on how they're made (I still think of the Minions movie as being fictional in its own universe), it could be a matter of either the original being flawed in that way and thus the clones as well, or that it's because they're mass-produced and therefore not made very well. Feb 15, 2018 at 13:47
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    Seems unlikely to me that 99.9% of these "humans" would need goggles to see underwater (which covers 2/3rds of their home planet!) when e.g. fish have no such need. Feb 15, 2018 at 16:16
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    You provide no specific citation either here or there. At least point to the relevant passage in a script or link a video.
    – jpmc26
    Feb 16, 2018 at 2:19

Minions wear safety glasses because they are engineers.

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    This is not a plausible answer. Do engineers wear glasses while sleeping? Surely not! But minions do.
    – Mouvier
    Feb 15, 2018 at 12:36
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    @Mouvier Engineers don't sleep in the lair of a supervillain. The minions don't obey OSHA requirements - that precarious vat of acid could tip over at any time, even while you're asleep! Feb 15, 2018 at 13:58
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    REAL engineers do.
    – xDaizu
    Feb 15, 2018 at 15:50
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    @Mouvier Your reasoning would also make the accepted answer implausible, too: you don't need glasses to see while you're sleeping.
    – jpmc26
    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:38
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    @Mouvier I was implying that as a children's comedy movie, it doesn't need to be that logical.
    – jpmc26
    Feb 16, 2018 at 11:01

Minions originally mean workers, workers for the Devil. Since the minions are on Earth and are workers, they are shown with a typical workers attire. Dungarees, tools, boots and here, safety glasses. Also the look really cool other than the conventional big round too cute eyes look for animated characters.

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    I don't think the Minions in Despicable Me have any relation to the Biblical minions...
    – F1Krazy
    Feb 15, 2018 at 17:00
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    I wasn't able to find that name in the Bible...
    – Michael
    Feb 15, 2018 at 17:20
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    A review of dictionary definitions of "minion" did not turn up even one referencing the devil or demons. Any use of the term for devilish supporters is simply an application of the common meaning of "worker" or "assistant", not the origin of that meaning. Feb 15, 2018 at 17:42
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    @param The Weekly World News is not a reliable resource. Feb 15, 2018 at 23:23
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    @MooingDuck I agree "minion" does not have an origin involving Satan, but the word does have a strongly negative connotation. It's usually associated with serving an evil master, resulting in either the minion being mistreated or the minion being evil themselves. You'd be unlikely to use the term to describe the angels.
    – jpmc26
    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:41

I think the glass for protecting their eyes, because minions has no eyelids they can't close their eyes, to protect their they need a super glass

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